Africa Game Parks, East Africa Wildlife
Kenya Game Parks, Kenya Wildlife Parks, Kenya National
Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Parks, Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Game
Kenya National Parks and Game Sanctuaries
Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game
sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya.
The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this
reserve. Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen at the Mara. A spectacle
worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra
and gazelle from Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara
River to reach Masai Mara grazing fields from late June. The dramatic
crossing of the river and the preying on the migrants by predators can
be viewed from early July to August. The reserve abounds with birdlife
since dose to about 452 species have been recorded. Hot air balloon safaris
are readily available in this park. Accommodation is plentiful in Masai
Mara and ranges from five star lodges to luxury tented camps and campsites
within the reserve.
Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs
The highlights of these reserves are the spectacular scenic beauty, rivers
and forests. It is an area where the local people have a rich and colourful
heritage. The reserves have numerous permanent springs and a wealth of
wildlife which includes leopard, hippo, elephant, lion, reticulated giraffe,
grevy’s zebra and crocodile in the Ewaso Nyiro river. Over 365 species
of birds have been identified in the sanctuaries. There are lodges and
campsites managed by mobile tented camp operators.
Shaba National Reserve is home to the monument of Joy
Adamson who, together with her husband George, contributed greatly to
Kenya’s wildlife as an author, conservationist and artist. The film
‘Born Free’ is based on Joy’s book of the same title.
Shaba was the setting for the film ‘Sheena Queen of the Jungle’.
Shaba reserve is home to the rare blue-shanked Somali Ostrich.
Nairobi National Park
Nairobi National Park is the oldest of Kenya’s
National Parks and Game Reserves. It was gazetted in 1946. This game sanctuary
is a stretch of Savannah that is set against the dramatic skyline of Nairobi.
Its main entrances are merely a stone’s throw away from the city’s
outskirts, making Nairobi the only city in the world that borders a natural
game protection area. The park contains over 100 species of mammals, mainly
plains game. The big five are also found here except the elephant. The
park’s advantage is that visitors do not have to travel far to view
game in its natural habitat. The Animal Orphanage and Safari walk at the
main gate should not be missed. The orphanage is home to injured and orphaned
animals. Here they are nursed back to health before being released to
the wild. The park is also ideal for ornithological safaris.
Amboseli National Park
The Might Kilimanjaro forms a beautiful backdrop. Amboseli Game Sanctuary
is famous for elephants, buffalos and birds.
Tsavo National Park
One of the largest game parks in the world surrounded by the beautiful
Chyulu hills and the Pare Mountains. Mzima springs; a natural and clear
watering point is great for game viewing. Tsavo is also famous for its
large number of elephants among other species of the animal kingdom.
An Ornithologist’s paradise - here you can find about three hundred
species of birds, some of which are unique to this part of the country.
A natural and ancient forest excellent for game or botanical walks.
Mount Elgon National Park
This unspoiled national park is famous for caves, game viewing and hiking.
Situated on Kenya /Uganda border, the highest peak on Kenyan side (Koitobos)
is about 4,200 meters high. Kitum cave (place of ceremonies) extents 200
meters into the mountain. At night animals go in to feed on the rich salt
deposits. An unforgettable sight is of the elephants licking away at the
salt walls in these caves.
Ndere Island National Park (Meeting
This place is where Mikaye (the mother of Luo) rested after her long journey,
before she found shelter on this island close to the rock that goes by
her name. Ndere Island is also home to a large population of crocodiles,
swamp antelopes and birds. Fishing can also be done nearby. Situated in
northern part of Lake Victoria near Kisumu, Ndere Island National Park
can only be accessed by boat.
Ruma National Park
This rarely visited national park is home to a number of Kenyan animals
and birds. Famous for Roan antelopes (hippopotamus equines ) which are
an endangered species of antelopes.
Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park is surrounded by 130,000 acres of forest reserve.
Visible from the mountain top on a clear day are Mount Kilimanjaro to
the south, Mount Elgon to the west, Marissa Mountain to the north and
the Indian ocean to the east. Hiking, climbing and game viewing for rare
mountain wildlife can be done here.
Lake Turkana National Park
Lake Turkana National Park is situated on the Ethiopia /Kenya border.
Africa’s longest Rift Valley Lake. The Great Rift Valley is a symbolic
relic of the massive upheavals in the earth’s crust some 10 million
years ago which opened the world’s largest geological divide stretching
over 3,500 miles from Danilil depression at Ethiopia’s northern
Red Sea coast line to Mozambique. Turkana has the largest number of crocodiles
in the world - more then 10,000. A number of pre-historic human fossils
have been found here including the Australopithecus.